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boys, ages 2 and 5, and today her long-time partner, peter wu, came up to the podium and said that he made a pledge that their two sons would never forget what a wonderful woman their mother was. reporting live in san jose, marianne favro, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. the messages inside that arena were powerful, but so is the scene outside. from santa cruz to san jose, thousands of people on the ground and even the police helicopters flying in formation. it's not often we see something like this. let's bring in kimberly tere who continues our coverage this evening from los gatos. >> reporter: raj, this is highway 17, the main corridor between santa cruz and the south bay. we saw law enforcement from the santa cruz area along with many other mourners head back over the hill about an hour and a half ago. the patrol cars had their lights on, but the highway was not shut down like it was during today's procession.
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the service for the two fallen police officers, lauren "butch" baker and elizabeth butler ended at about 3:00 p.m. law enforcement who showed up from across the continent lined up to pay their final respects. we saw officers from as far away as canada. the royal canadian mountain police were there along with numerous other agencies. reno and las vegas police to name a few more. all of those officers are now headed to their respective cities. tens of thousands heading home after the emotional service. to give you some idea of the number of law enforcement who attended, the procession into san jose today was two miles long. from highway 17, hundreds of emergency vehicles made their way into the south bay. they had free rein of the highways, as normal traffic was shut down. while hundreds of law enforcement was involved in that procession, that 33-mile
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procession from santa cruz to the south bay, there was much less pomp and circumstance on the way back into santa cruz this afternoon. live in los gatos, kimberly tere, nbc bay area news. in a special tribute for the fallen santa cruz police officers, the u.s. honor flag was flown into san jose this morning. the gilroy police honor guard waited for its arrival and the plane's captain carried it up and handed it over. the honor flag has traveled to over 1,000 events and services for fallen heroes. it was flown at ground zero after 9/11 and on the space shuttle "atlantis." a police motorcade drove it to hp pavilion for the memorial. >> it is truly an honor for our agency to take part in this service. it's the least we could do for a fallen santa cruz officers. >> travelers at mineta san jose international stood up in silence as the flag was delivered. they snapped photos and said it was a fitting tribute. the flag will be flown back to texas this evening.
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there has been an outpouring of support on so many levels. the cost of today's event to use the arena, $16,000 which the city of san jose is covering. and one other note, the issue of gun control laws. a senate committee passed a bipartisan bill aimed at combatting illegal gun trafficking and something called straw purchasing. that's when someone who is allowed to buy a gun purchased it for someone who is prohibited from buying a firearm. it's the first of several ideas from the judiciary committee. still on the table, votes to restrict the sales of assault weapons and expanding background checks. we have some other news this evening. we're following breaking news in the south bay. san jose police are investigating the city's eighth homicide of the year. it happened around 11:30 this morning at the hilltop manor senior apartments on ironwood drive. you see the map here. that's near the church on the hill near highway 87 and curtner avenue. officers found an elderly man dead at the scene with stab
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wounds. we invite you to stay here with us at nbc bay area news for the latest information on this developing story. switching gears now to our weather, a live look across our hd network of cameras. there is rain on the radar and a chance of some thunder. meteorologist rob mayeda is in the nbc bay area weather center with where and when the rain will fall. >> we're starting to see some of the heavier rain approaching the coast, the santa cruz mountains south. that's where we're seeing the heaviest rain falling and precisely the same locations that have the best chance of seeing an isolated thunderstorm a little later on this evening. right now some lighter rain into oakland. it's really spotty around the inner east bay. you can see right around half moon bay, that is where some of the heavier rain is falling. san jose a few sprinkles here or there but the heavier rain will continue to be kind of rotating up from the south. right now in gilroy starting to approach morgan hill, that will be spilling into the south bay for tonight so plan on mostly cloudy skies, some rain at times tonight, and then tomorrow is a transition day to a big-time pattern chamber of commernge as
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the weekend. as this system moves out, looks like we could see spring-like weather coming to the bay area. we'll walk you through the timing of these changes in the forecast in just a few minutes. in less than an hour parents and educators are planning a protest called think before you pink. it's happening at tonight's school board meeting in santa clara. bottom line, they don't want any teachers to lose their jauobs. the state deadline for pink slips is coming up. the board has money and should be focusing on class size, music, library hours and raises for educators instead of layoffs. the rally is scheduled to start at 6:00 this evening at the district office. nbc bay area's george katayama is there and will have a live report at 6:00. a new proposal could call the deer don train station into san jose -- in san jose into silicon valley's version of times square. the city wants to transform the area into a central entertainment district. the plans include room for a new stadium for the a's, thousands of new residential units and
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nearly five million square feet of new office space. the plan would also add a b.a.r.t. extension and bullet train hub. they plan to draft an environmental impact report this june. we have new details about two separate stabbings in san francisco overnight. police say the first stabbing happened around 2:20 this morning on mission street near the 16th street b.a.r.t. station. a man in his 30s was taken to san francisco general. then about an hour later another man was stabbed near the intersection of 26th and folsom. two men approached the victim, asked if he had any gang affiliations. when he said no, they stabbed him. he's listed in serious condition, also at san francisco general. officials don't think the two stabbings are related. now, if you have any information of what happened, you're asked to call sfpd. and tonight at 6:00, there's a vigilante justice group now hitting the streets of san francisco, but not everyone is excited to have the guardian angels guarding their neighborhood. well, what happens when passion meets persistence?
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a group of teenagers will get a home away from home thanks to the tireless work of a bay area woman. their story is coming up in our bay area proud series. and a new tool for parents with kids who play sports. learn about the app that could help them keep healthy. stay with us.
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north korea is threatening a direct attack against the united states. it comes on the same day the united nations security council unanimously approved new tougher sanctions against the regime. they are designed to punish north korea for its recent nuclear tests and make it harder for the country to obtain nuclear materials. the move comes with the support of north korea's biggest ally, china. the violence against women act is once again law.
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plenty of cheers today as president obama signed the bill. the renewed law expands protections for domestic violence victims and it's credited with curbing attacks against women. it also extends support for the lgbt community, native americans, immigrants and college students. the original bill passed in 1994 but expired in 2011. will it work? the charm offensive. president obama broke bread in hopes of breaking the stalemate over the budget. last night dinner with selected republicans. today lunch with republican congressman paul ryan. on the menu, sea bass, lentil vegetable soup and a discussion about how to secure a plan for deficit reduction. the white house called the conversation, quote, constructive. however, there has been no mooumt movement of reversing the sequester cuts. german researchers studied almost a half a million people and found a person's risk of early death increased with the
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amount of processed meats they ate. these people also tended to eat fewer fruits and vegetables and were more likely to smoke and drink. a surprising discovery when it comes to head injuries and sports. studies show that the number of girls suffering concussions playing soccer is second only to football. so neuroscientists in texas have developed an app to measure cognitive function. they got surprising results of what heading soccer balls can do to the brain. they found small but significant changes consistent with mild traumatic brain injury. further research needs to be done to determine if the changes are long lasting. experts hope to develop the app to be used at home or on the field. well, do you know where it is? it sits right in the heart of the east bay tucked between san leandro and castro valley, the tiny community of ashland is often overlooked. >> underserved is how many residents would put it, though, particularly the young, but thanks to a few of their own and a special person to guide them, ashland is in the spotlight.
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garvin thomas has their story in tonight's "bay area proud." >> reporter: hillary bass grew up in the bay area but even she admits she had never heard of ashland until the day she took a job there. she also had no idea that she and a group of young people were about to change that community forever. what they accomplished is tonight's "bay area proud." >> hello. >> it's so good to see you. >> reporter: if there's anywhere in the world that hillary bass is most comfortable, it's squeezed into a small room surrounded by a bunch of lively teenagers. it is, after all, how hillary spent much of the past ten years, talking with them, dreaming with them, and on this day, celebrating with them. >> we did this. so can we clap our hands? thank you. >> reporter: their remarkable story begins in 2004, when hillary, then just 24, took a job as a residential services
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coordinator at the eden house apartment complex in ashland. shebonded with a core group of about a dozen of the young people that lived there. >> this is a room we would meet every wednesday. >> reporter: it was here that hillary heard just how little there was to do in ashland and how great it would be to have a place to just be. >> kids need to play. they need something to do. >> reporter: the group decided a youth center is what ashland needed, and they set out to get it. >> they were like nomads. >> reporter: for the next nine years hillary and her youth group bounced from temporary home to temporary home. meeting in a portable building behind the fire station for a while, then in a middle school classroom. all the while, hillary kept the group on task. they would show up at every board meeting, every committee hearing where there was a chance to be heard by the powers that be. >> there were no other kids doing that outside of our little unit. >> reporter: time and time
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again, hillary says they were told they would never get what they wanted. until, that is, they did. ashland's new $25 million youth center opens this spring. >> it's a real pleasure to be here. >> reporter: it was alameda county supervisor nate miley who first championed their cause, eventually corralling millions in redevelopment money to make the dream come true. >> let's go see. >> reporter: hillary, now working for the sheriff's department, will oversee the youth center's new fitness center. she is still pinching herself that all this actually happened. >> it's crazy. it's mind boggling actually. >> reporter: so are the kids. >> it's crazy to look at and just think in my head like we did that. >> but just as the youth center gets up and running, hillary's group is ending, their lives taking them in different directions. but only after leaving behind one great legacy.
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and hillary says there's a great lesson to be learned in this. what they did was just listening to kids in the community. so often adults try to figure out what is the best thing to do, and she said honestly if the kids make mistakes that are causing the problems, talk to them, they know what to do. in this case the kids knew what their community needed. it took them nine years, but they got it. >> a beautiful facility. >> it really is really impressive. >> i've been here since the 1970s and never have heard of ashland. thank you, garvin. let's get a check of our forecast now. there is green on the radar. >> rob mayeda is excited about that, i'm guessing. take it away, rob. >> absolutely. still some snow headed toward the sierra or the higher peaks, part of the south bay hilltops later tonight. right now let's take you out from the view over san bruno mountain looking over to san francisco. you can see some rain falling there. we've got moisture coming up out of the south right on top of san bruno mountain. that forces the air to rise, cools, condenses, thus precipitation over the
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not so much when you don't have the same lifting force down below. down around san francisco, the flatland not providing any lift in the atmosphere but we've got plenty of lift on the coastal hilltops and that's where the rare is finding most of the rain from san bruno mountain back to the coast. a little rain around oakland and berkeley, mainly light rain, but the heaviest rain continues to be on the ocean-facing side of the santa cruz mountains. the exception happening around san jose. sthaur starting to see a few more showers filling in. it's this band that's going to sweep to the north and it's kind of a strange movement for the rain. we're usually used to this going west to east. in this case, though, tonight it's drifting up out of the south and going up to the northwest but the north bay probably not going to get as much rain as locations san jose south into gilroy later on tonight. so the area of low pressure spinning off the coast here. this is going drop down toward central california during the day tomorrow. best chance of thundershowers this evening right around the center of rotation offshore from areas around santa cruz into san jose south the next couple of
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hours. tomorrow as that low kicks through southern california, we still have a chance of showers just one more day. mainly the east bay hills and area south of san jose for the morning as the lift now takes place in those east bay hill tops, also around the north bay. you'll see as we go hour by hour, showers tonight. widespread rain tonight and then changing over after midnight to a few scattered showers in the south bay. during the afternoon maybe still enough instability in those north bay hilltops to get us a few scattered showers, but after that things will dry out and warm up big-time as we wrap up this upcoming weekend. 30s and 40s outside tonight. we'll see rain widespread for the south bay for this evening and then changing over to some scattered showers for the morning and by this time tomorrow, most of the showers should be out of the bay area. kind of a cool day around the bay area. upper 50s for highs around the south bay into the tri-valley, upper 50s around pleasanton. around sunol we'll have a few scattered showers for the afternoon. napa county, solano county northward from 1:00 to 4:00 watch for the clouds building in
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the hill tops. still a slight chance of thunder in some of the north bay hill tops for one more day and things start to change up as we head through the weekend. speaking of changes, we lose an hour of sleep this weekend. remember that time change saturday night into sunday morning. it might as well be a change of seasons for the bay area because once we get past tomorrow, last day in the 50s. after that, 60s and 70s. getting started sunday all the way through wednesday of next week. so the weather is gorgeous. of course we can use the rain and snow but it's pretty hard not to like 70 degrees and sunshine. >> thanks, rob. a facelift for facebook. see what changes will be coming to your news feed. that's next. plan
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. ready, set, complain. facebook is changing your news feed. >> not again. our business and tech reporter scott budman was at the rollout and joins us now from menlo park at facebook headquarters. what have we got, scott? >> reporter: well, good evening, raj. you know, facebook's news feed is where a lot of people spending a lot of time online. and, yeah, when it changes, people sometimes get upset.
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well, there are changes coming to your news feed as of today. but what they mostly add up to are you spending more time on facebook. facebook's news feed is the way that most of us spend the most time on the site. today it got a facelift with ceo mark zuckerberg referring to his company's newest media update as an old-school newspaper. >> but i really think that there's a special place in the world for this personalized newspaper. it can really span the whole gamut and make it see so that you can see all of these types of content in one place. >> so you'll have more room for bigger photos, along with more games, music and text in your feed. in other words, more reason to spend more time on facebook. an update some say is about time. >> i don't think that this redesign was so much about giving them razzle dazzle as it was about keeping up with everybody else. if you look at the design of
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every other web and mobile application you're seeing these same elements. really big rich interactive photos. facebook honestly needed to keep up with the times. >> reporter: it's also a chance for companies to reach out in new ways. so while you're spending all that time on facebook, just remember advertisers are trying to reach you as well. facebook will roll out its new news feed gradually. it will hit desktops as of today. you can sign up on facebook. a little longer of a rollout for mobile devices so your phones and tablets will get it in about three weeks. reporting live from facebook headquarters in menlo park, scott budman. we're back in a moment with an update on our breaking news. stay with us.
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we have an update to our breaking news in the south bay. at the top of the newscast we told you about a homicide in san jose, and now san jose police say they have identified the victim of today's homicide. his name is stanley jacobson. jacobson had been reported missing since february 18th. police officers say the homicide happened around 11:30 this morning at the hilltop manor senior apartments on ironwood drive where jacobson lived. that's near the church on the hill near highway 87 and curtner avenue. officers found jacobson dead at the scene with stab wounds. once again, he was reported missing february 18th and then was the victim of a homicide this morning inspect san jose. it's the second homicide in san jose in as many days. >> of course we'll bring you more tonight at 6:00 as well as all your local news, but right now "nightly news" is next. >> thanks for joining us. there's this island -- and it's got super-cute kangaroos.
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♪ on our broadcast tonight, late-night drama. it's been a wild 24 hours in washington, while the gop old guard went out to dinner with the president, the new guard took center stage on the floor of the senate. the battle over abortion just hit a whole new level. one state just passed the most restrictive new limits in the country. tonight, the new fight over one of the most divisive issues of our time. in plain sight. we're on the streets of the poorest and most dangerous city in america. looks like a war zone. tonight, our visit with a young survivor and the police chief who is determined to save the once-great city. and hot wheels. no radio, no ac or rear window or rear-view mirrors, for that matter. would you commute in an overgrown skateboard for humans? a lot of people already do. "nightly news" begins now.
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from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening. it has been a wild 24 hours in our nation's capital. worse than normal. and, of course, the american people ultimately get to decide for themselves about what it is we have just witnessed. it seemed to a lot of people to be an example of our political great divide, but within the same party. the so-called old guard republicans and the new. the event that gathered the most coverage was a made for tv fill i buster by republican senator rand paul of kentucky. it was over the issue of drones and presidential power. and at the same time, across town, actual presidential power was being put to work at a restaurant with another group of republicans and the president. we have asked chuck todd to start us off tonight by sorting all of this out. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know, washington hasn't been very recognizable the last 48 hours. suddenly it's a

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